For many, test taking is not on their “favorite things to do” list. Sweaty palms, an increased heart rate, flooded with emotions of self-doubt…many consider test taking a very stressful situation to be in. Even some of the world’s most intelligent people have failed an exam or two. No one wants to bomb a test that you’re riding on for admission, an important scholarship, or entrance into a life-long dream program. Some very smart people can just be, very bad test takers. According to Reader’s Digest Albert Einstein failed the botany, zoology and language test sections leading to a failed school-entrance exam. Should this eliminate them from college or specific scholarships? We think not, and the tide is turning for many colleges as well, as they begin to understand test results are not fully reflective of a student’s knowledge base. No major college would want to turn away an Einstein mind, simply because he/she was a horrible test taker. Before you get too excited – This doesn’t mean testing is eliminated. There must be a standardized benchmark to evaluate a student’s knowledge base. However, many colleges are embracing a new approach to standardized testing: Superscore. The Superscore approach is still knowledge based, but this change supports persistence.While Superscoring has becoming more notable since the concept introduction in 2018, it’s very important to note that not all colleges accept the ACT Superscores. If you’re sold on the idea of Superscoring, be sure to check in with your college admissions team to see if they accept the ACT composite score only, or if their admissions policy allows ACT Superscores.According to ACT.org, “It [the Superscore recalculation] reflects the average of the four best subject scores from each of the students’ ACT test attempts.” And the Superscore was not approved by ACT without research. After more than two years of research it led to the conclusion that superscoring was “more predicative of how students would perform in their college courses than other scoring methods.” The ACT has four testing sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. According to the ACT Website, there’s a “growing trend for students to take the exam multiple times.” You’ll now have the option to improve each section based upon various test dates. Rather than accepting the overall score (AKA composite score) from a singular test date, you can pick your best scores from each test section from all your test dates. Also new in September 2020, Superscore results will be automatically provided to the colleges of your choice as part of your test results.1st ACT Test Scores: English-21, Math-29, Reading-25, Science-22 ACT Composite Score = 24 2nd ACT Test Scores: English-24, Math-28, Reading-27, Science-23 ACT Composite Score = 26 3rd ACT Test Scores: English-25, Math-28, Reading-20, Science-29 ACT Composite Score = 26 ACT Superscore = 28 The four colleges you selected to send your test results to, should they be Superscoring colleges, will elect the top scores from all three tests for each test category to create a new average—AKA Your Superscore. For instance, a student with the scores listed above would have an ACT Superscore of 28. This beats the 24 and 26 composite scores.
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